June 15, 2013 Subject:
Dadburn the liberal hippie media!
How odd it is, that Rush Limbaugh has succeeded so well in popularizing the notion of a liberally controlled media. One has only to follow the money. Who owns these huge media conglomerates, and thus has the power to ultimately shape the reporting? Does Mr. Limbaugh honestly believe they are owned by long haired pot smoking liberal types? I doubt he really does, but it sure plays well to the uninformed. What we are fed as "news" today, only faintly resembles the decent level of reporting that we once had; it has been reduced to the mentality of a cheap tabloid rag. It is probably a vain hope, but I do cling to the hope that somehow the typical journalistic intelligence and integrity of our nation's news reporters, can somehow be returned to a level at least somewhere close to what was once expected of them.
I applaud this video's message, although I too feel it was crafted in a rather heavy handed fashion. Thank you for uploading, and sharing this.
I found this via the curator's choice link. It's a fitting document of what war and media have become today, and still up to date in 2012, unfortunately. However, I think this video will be over the heads of those who are most taken in by the current state of reporting.
Reviewer:Single Malt -
February 11, 2010 Subject:
The media sucks but the message is good
Made it to 2:25 then shut it off. I think there is a thoughtful message in there somewhere but I won't dig through the noise to find it. I agree with the "day job" comment below.
September 19, 2009 Subject:
gimmicky editing lets the material down
I have to agree with the others who object to the layering on of "MTV-style" production gimmicks. It's especially ironic in a video decrying how other communications about the Iraq conflict are untrustworthy narratives. Consider: don't the stylistic touches suggest the producers don't trust the material, presented more simply, to speak for itself?
September 4, 2009 Subject:
The message was lost
Slick editing? No. TERRIBLE editing. Agreed, the repetitive phrasing was entirely for emotional impact, but it failed...miserably. I'm sympathetic to the issue, and even agree. That said: This video is obvious propaganda. If they were hoping for even a shred of credibility, 'twas blown by the MTV hack n' slash. The audio is exTREMEly annoying. Terrible, pathetic and annoying. I got a headache barely 1 minute into viewing.
I appreciate the reviews, and have to rate my own work to post this (so I am giving it the same rating it had before my post). I think nathan missed it, the 'dull' repetitive statement by klien refers to how reality is supressed in coverage to make it an enjoyable watching experience (people don't want to see iraqi's blowing up and they haven't), heavy coming from a producer of one of the most watched news programs in america.
Nathan also reveals his own ethnocentricity with the comments about sitars. I am no orientalist, and the chants to god reveal my own reaction to the murderous crusade of modern america and the media conspiracy to make it acceptable- OH MY GOD
September 29, 2005 Subject:
while i agree with the general statement of the video, that the coverage of the current war in iraq is, at best, heavily skewed and misrepresentative, this video is not very good.
to begin with, the editing is extremely cheesy, the constant repeats of dull phrases doesn't have the desired effect of poignancy.
one of the largest issue i had with it though was the sound track. why did the creator use a hare krishna song? did he think of the implications behind his choice or was it simply thrown in because it has sitars, and sitars are mysterious sounding and imply a conspiratorial tone.
June 29, 2005 Subject:
Lovely bit of video mashup. Witty, with slick editing, and with a clear message. Reminiscent in some ways of the audio work of Cassette Boy.